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Local briefing

Lake Superior water levels forum

MARQUETTE — On Monday and Tuesday, the Army Corps of Engineers and Michigan Sea Grant will be giving presentations to update individuals on the science and current status of Lake Superior water levels.

Lake Superior water levels have been within a couple of inches of all time monthly record highs over the last few months, and this summer there is a significant chance that Lake Superior could exceed its all-time record high for May, June and July, according to a news release.

The presentations will address how lake levels are monitored and the predicted levels over the next several months. There will also be resources provided on how to understand Great Lakes water levels and how to prepare for extremes conditions.

The presentations are from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday at Marquette Township Hall Community Room and Tuesday at Lake Superior State University Crawford Hall.

Tobacco quitline program expands

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy program to all Michigan residents through May 31.

During this time, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week supply of nicotine gum, patches or lozenges for all new enrollees who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco. Tobacco users who would like to quit may call the Quitline phone number at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669). Enrollment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Quitline serves all ages; however, callers seeking NRT must be over 18 and meet basic health requirements. Enrollees will receive a coach who will assist them in setting a quit date, choosing a nicotine replacement product that is right for them and making an individualized quit plan. The coach will provide support with up to four telephone coaching sessions scheduled around the caller’s quit date.

The Michigan Tobacco Quitline is an evidence-based service providing free telephone coaching for the uninsured, pregnant women, residents enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare, veterans, cancer patients and American Indians.

The Quitline offers English, Arabic and Spanish-speaking counselors, as well as interpretive services for a wide variety of languages. For more information about the Quitline, call 800-QUIT-NOW or visit Michigan.gov/tobacco.